Male wolf found dead along Waupaca County, WI road
Officials believe vehicle struck 80-pound animal
By Roger Pitt
P-C Waupaca bureau chief
WAUPACA – A young, male timber wolf was killed Saturday when it was struck by a vehicle on State 22-54 on Waupaca’s eastern edge.
The wolf was wearing a radio collar and an ear tag from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said police officer Chad McClellan, who picked up the body about 3 p.m. Saturday.
“It was a fairly good-sized wolf weighing about 80 pounds. It was the size of a large, black Labrador,” said DNR warden Ken Thomson.
The body was sent to a laboratory in Madison for a necropsy.
“The collar probably contains a lot of information as to where the animal has been,” Thomson said. “It is not unusual for a young male to be driven out of the pack or leave the pack in search of a mate.”
“A friend of mine recalls a wolf that was tagged in Michigan that was killed in Missouri,” McClellan said.
Wolves have increased in number as packs from Minnesota and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula established territories in Wisconsin, according to Adrian Wydeven, DNR wolf program coordinator. The DNR estimates there are about 260 wolves in packs across Wisconsin.
“It is pretty exciting to have a wolf in Waupaca County. They are not supposed to be in this area,” Thomson said.
Thomson is asking that the person who hit the wolf contact him. He said the driver is not in any trouble, only that officials would like additional information about the wolf.
Anyone with information can phone Thomson at 715-258-4951.